National reaction to 38-35 win in Week 1

The Eagles were expected to come to Detroit and dismantle the Lions again at Ford Field and for a half, that’s how things went.

Philadelphia wasted 17 points, and the defense was dismal allowing 35 points as the Bird escaped with a three-point win in the season opener.

Monday is always the occasion for national reactions.

Week 1 was no different, with several pundits applauding the offensive outburst but questioning Jonathan Gannon’s plan and direction in Year Two.

As the Vikings head to Lincoln Financial Field for a huge Monday night game, here’s the national reaction to Philadelphia’s 38-35 win at Detroit.

The Athletic – Hurts push Eagles to victory

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Athletic’s Bo Wolf broke down Hurts keeping multiple drives alive by converting plays with his legs.

On the first offensive play of the 2022 season, the Philadelphia Eagles dialed in a Jalen Hurts run around the left side that gained eight yards. With the game in play late in the fourth quarter, the Eagles again called Hurts’ number to convert a quarterback on fourth down. Sandwiched between those two plays, Hurts’ legs turned sloppy execution into positives that endlessly frustrated an aggressive Lions defense. In total, he rushed 17 times for 90 yards and a touchdown. He also completed 18 of 32 passes for 243 yards, including 155 to AJ Brown.

94WIP – Nick Sirianni pressed all the right buttons

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Sirianni is a quality motivator, and 94WIP believes he made all the right calls on the stretch.

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AJ Brown says he is always openand Sunday against Detroit, Philadelphia’s new best player did just that, recording 10 receptions for 155 yards.

Whenever Jalen Hurts needed a big play, he turned to Brown, who tortured the Lions defensive backs. On many routes, Brown’s precision opened him up wide, allowing him to win easily. The Eagles had good offensive weapons, but Brown takes things to another level. Offshore chemistry with Hurts is already in mid-season form. Big things await the duo in 2022.

CBS Sports – AJ Brown’s Monster Debut

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CBS Sports called Brown’s debut a “monster,” and he was nearly destructive for the Lions after posting 155 yards in dominant fashion.

Yahoo Sports

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Frank Schwab list Philadelphia as one of the NFL’s opening weekend winners.

Roseman has had a great offseason building a solid roster. His crowning achievement was stealing Brown, an alpha receiver, from the Titans for a reasonable fee. Jalen Hurts targeted him early and often in the win over the Lions. It was easy to see, after just one game, how Brown will make Hurts’ life so much easier.

AL.com – Hurts ‘in total control’ in Eagles win


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Marc Inabinett credited Hurts with controlling the Eagles victory.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts opened the 2022 NFL season on Sunday by completing 18 of 32 passes for 243 yards without a touchdown or interception and rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in a 38-35 victory on the Detroit Lions.

Charles P. Patton